Paul Dirac

1902 - 1984

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Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac (; 8 August 1902 – 20 October 1984) was an English mathematical and theoretical physicist who is considered to be one of the founders of quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. He is credited with laying the foundations of quantum field theory. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Paul Dirac has received more than 2,920,971 page views. His biography is available in 102 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 98 in 2019). Paul Dirac is the 35th most popular physicist (up from 36th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 128th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Physicist.

Paul Dirac is most famous for his discovery of the equation that predicted the existence of antimatter.

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Over the past year Paul Dirac has had the most page views in the with 450,034 views, followed by Spanish (93,446), and French (71,386). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Esperanto (512.50%), Dutch (227.75%), and Hakka (139.48%)


Among physicists, Paul Dirac ranks 35 out of 851Before him are Daniel Bernoulli, Ibn al-Haytham, Luigi Galvani, Gustav Kirchhoff, Max Born, and Andrei Sakharov. After him are Richard Feynman, Henry Cavendish, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Wolfgang Pauli, Lise Meitner, and Gerard 't Hooft.

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Among people born in 1902, Paul Dirac ranks 5Before him are Ruhollah Khomeini, Karl Popper, Charles Lindbergh, and Georgy Malenkov. After him are Leni Riefenstahl, Erik Erikson, Carl Rogers, John Steinbeck, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Halldór Laxness, and Talcott Parsons. Among people deceased in 1984, Paul Dirac ranks 5Before him are Richard Burton, Michel Foucault, Yuri Andropov, and Indira Gandhi. After him are François Truffaut, Mikhail Sholokhov, Johnny Weissmuller, Mohamed Naguib, Julio Cortázar, Martin Niemöller, and Alfred Kastler.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 97 out of 8,785Before him are Nicholas Winton (1909), Edward III of England (1312), Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson (1758), Jeff Beck (1944), Walter Scott (1771), and Elizabeth Taylor (1932). After him are William Harvey (1578), T. E. Lawrence (1888), David Livingstone (1813), Edward Elgar (1857), Jane Seymour (1508), and Christopher Lee (1922).

Among PHYSICISTS In United Kingdom

Among physicists born in United Kingdom, Paul Dirac ranks 7Before him are Isaac Newton (1643), Stephen Hawking (1942), Michael Faraday (1791), James Prescott Joule (1818), Robert Hooke (1635), and James Clerk Maxwell (1831). After him are J. J. Thomson (1856), William Gilbert (1544), William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin (1824), Thomas Young (1773), James Chadwick (1891), and C. F. Powell (1903).